Decker, Stephen E. (2007) The human dimensions of a proposed restoration of European bison in Germany and a comparison of European expert and German public preferences for characteristics and methods of public involvement. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.
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Human dimensions of wildlife management research and associated public involvement tools can reduce conflicts between interest groups and help to understand public attitudes and beliefs. The proposed restoration of free-ranging European bison (Bison bonasus) in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany presents an opportunity to explore human dimensions issues and address questions pertaining to public involvement. -- Randomly distributed questionnaires (n = 398) were used to assess attitudes and beliefs of residents surrounding the proposed restoration area. Residents from Siegen-Wittgenstein held significantly higher attitude and knowledge scores than Hochsauerlandkreis (HSK) respondents. Attitudes comprised general attitude and lifestyle impact factors. General fear of bison had greatest influence on attitudes. -- In the second aspect of the study, interviews with residents surrounding the proposed bison area (n = 246) and questionnaires distributed to European experts (n = 46) were used to assess preferences for characteristics and methods of public involvement. Few differences were found between Siegen-Wittgenstein and HSK. Significant differences were found between American and German public preferences and between European expert and German public preferences.
|Item Type:||Thesis (Masters)|
|Additional Information:||Includes bibliographical references.|
|Department(s):||Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Geography|
|Library of Congress Subject Heading:||European bison--Reintroduction--Germany--North Rhine-Westphalia; Wildlife reintroduction--Social aspects--Germany--North Rhine-Westphalia.|
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